With funerals starting for the 16 people killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy, Canadians were encouraged to wear a sports jersey on April 12.
While not everyone would necessarily have a Humboldt Broncos jersey, the idea was to simply wear the colours of whatever team you support to show solidarity with the families of those killed and injured in the crash.
The idea took off with many businesses and families taking part.
And of course, the hockey community also wore their sweaters with pride.
— Hayley Wickenheiser (@wick_22) April 12, 2018
— Saskatoon Blades (@BladesHockey) April 12, 2018
My family off to school (minus the littlest one) pic.twitter.com/6ub2pZyvDm
— Coach Kitchen 💚💛🇨🇦 (@KitchenKC) April 12, 2018
— McRobinson (@Momof2s) April 12, 2018
Some people who didn’t have jerseys got a little creative so they could show their support.
My sister teaches at a Hutterite colony in Alberta. She said the kids didn't have jerseys but wanted to show their support. We are all Broncos. #humboldtstong #BroncosStrong #PutYourSticksOut #PutOutYourSticks pic.twitter.com/6wqywrTn9h
— Charles Tweed (@CharlesTweed) April 12, 2018
Canada’s largest city even made it official.
In support of the families of the Humboldt Broncos, I’m encouraging everyone in Toronto to wear a hockey jersey or green & gold today to show their support & pay tribute to the memory of those lost in last week’s tragic bus crash. #JerseysForHumboldt #JerseyDay #humboldtstrong pic.twitter.com/tYQ6tYbHth
— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 12, 2018
Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff – the country’s highest-ranking soldier- informed members of the Canadian army, navy and air force they could wear jerseys to show support for the team.
— CDS Canada CEMD (@CDS_Canada_CEMD) April 11, 2018
Jersey Day took off across Canada and was quickly picked up around the world.
The U.S.A is with you too, Humboldt! I can imagine the good old Saskatchewan boy, Gordie Howe, and they boys are having one hell of a shinny game today! #PrayersforHumboldt #JerseyDay #JerseyForHumboldt #putyoursticksout #BroncoStrong #HumboldtBroncos pic.twitter.com/ufXsOaKx3c
— Bill Brennan (@brennan4_bill) April 12, 2018
The locker room, like the bus, is where we spend so much time with our teammates, our family. It is a place we feel safe and a place we call home. Today our jerseys are ready to be worn in honor of the #HumboldtBroncos #JerseyDay #BroncosStrong #HockeyIsFamily pic.twitter.com/mezNGXpKPk
— SUNY Canton Whockey (@CantonWHockey) April 12, 2018
— Glenn D. Posner (@gdposner) April 12, 2018
It looks like the team noticed everyone’s efforts.
We see you. We hear you. We love you.
We are all #HumboldtStrong.
— Humboldt Broncos (@HumboldtBroncos) April 12, 2018
— Peter C (@saskrabbit79) April 12, 2018